LP scolds Samar congressman for endorsing Sereno impeachment

Sep 07, 2017 - 2:12 PM

Representative [Edgar Mary] Sarmiento could have consulted the party leadership before making such important decision party leaders say in a statement

CHASTISED. The Liberal Party scolds one of its members for signing the impeachment complaint against the Chief Justice without their knowledge. Photo from the House of Representatives

​Makati judge ​who ordered Mile Long eviction shortlisted for anti-graft court

Aug 18, 2017 - 5:26 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte will be asked to choose from the submitted names

VACANCIES. Anti-graft court Sandiganbayan has 3 vacancies. Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

Samar youth kick off donation drive for Marawi evacuees

Jun 13, 2017 - 3:01 PM

We want to lend a hand to those families affected in Marawi says volunteer Rainiel Llauderes a student

DONATION DRIVE. Youth volunteers repack donations for Marawi evacuees. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

LOOK: Samar town rids coastal waters of plastic waste

Jun 03, 2017 - 6:01 PM

It s a long term effort to get rid of the single use throw away culture ’ says Pinabacdao Mayor Teodorico Mabag

BUSY. Residents clean up the coastline.

NPA targets kids in Northern Samar recruitment drive

May 21, 2017 - 1:45 PM

Children in poor villages have become easy targets of communist recruiters

RESCUED. A 12-year-old NPA recruit  is rescued by the army in Silvino Lobos Northern Samar,  Photo courtesy of Vicente Lukban's Facebook account

LOOK: PH, US soldiers build classrooms in Guiuan

May 02, 2017 - 1:28 PM

The school building which doubles as an evacuation center is among the community infrastructure projects being undertaken by Philippine and US soldiers in line with the 33rd Balikatan

Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio

Cave developed as evacuation site in Samar

Apr 20, 2017 - 2:27 PM

Local officials with the help of non governmental organizations turn Marabut town s biggest cave into an emergency shelter in times of disaster

EVACUATION SITE. Sabang Cave can accommodate more than one thousand people. All photos by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 10, 2017

Apr 10, 2017 - 10:11 AM

Hello Here are the stories you shouldn t miss this Monday

People attend a memorial ceremony on April 9, 2017 at Sergels Torg plaza in Stockholm, close to the point where a truck drove into a department store two days before. Four people died and fifteen were injured when a truck plunged into a crowd at a busy pedestrian street in the Swedish capital on April 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSEN

Earthquake rocks parts of Bicol, Eastern Visayas

Apr 10, 2017 - 9:44 AM

The magnitude 5 4 quake with an epicenter underneath the Philippine Sea was felt in parts of Bicol and Eastern Visayas

QUAKE EPICENTER. Epicenter of the April 10 earthquake near Eastern Visayas. Image courtesy PHIVOLCS

Surviving poverty and conflict in Northern Samar

Apr 04, 2017 - 12:06 PM

A young humanitarian shares her experience that reminded her how so much more needs to be done to put an end to the armed conflicts in the Philippines and to improve the quality of life of Filipinos

STRUGGLE ON THE ROAD. These two men struggle to bring their abaca to the town market. It has been raining for days and they need the income, so they risked the trip.

Samar island town trains residents on disaster preparedness

Mar 25, 2017 - 3:45 PM

Learning from its experience during Super Typhoon Yolanda the town of Sto Nino now wants its residents prepared for the next big disaster

RESILIENCY. Sto Nino, Samar equips its coastal villages with tools that improve disaster preparedness and response. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/ Rappler

Typhoon victims file graft complaint vs Samar mayor

Mar 23, 2017 - 5:33 PM

The complainants ask where the remaining P2 million has gone

TYPHOON RUBY. A man walks through the remains of a house in the aftermath of Typhoon Ruby in Dolores, Eastern Samar in December 2014. Photo by Rappler

Northern Samar town taught how to improve disaster communication

Mar 19, 2017 - 8:50 PM

All the 56 barangay captains and department heads of Laoang town participate in the training conducted by MovePH

ZERO CASUALTY. The Agos eBayanihan training hopes to equip local officials in using information to boost local preparedness in times of disasters. Photo by Rappler

#SharePH: 4 amazing places to see in Laoang, Northern Samar

Mar 19, 2017 - 3:13 PM

Where else can you see a century old lighthouse? Or find golden beaches with no tourists?

GOLDEN COAST. Onay Beach is a short tricycle trip away from Laoang town proper. Photo by Rupert Ambil/ Rappler

#InspireCourage: Ateneo doctors serve in far-flung Northern Samar town

Mar 17, 2017 - 4:02 PM

Doctors Mixie Baduria and Alfonso Regala could have gone to any specialization they wanted after graduation Instead they are serving in a 2nd class municipality in Northern Samar

LOCAL HEALTHCARE. Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health doctors currently working in the district and provincial hospitals in Northern Samar pose for a photo in front of the Tan Memorial Hospital. (L to R) Dr Alfonso Miguel Regala, Dr Terrence Antonio, Dr Raymond Luzarraga, Dr Ezekiel Valera, Dr Sophia Caranay, Dr Sherry Mombay, Dr Merlin Sanicas. Photo courtesy of Mixie Baduria

News Briefs: February 21, 2017

Feb 21, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Tuesday February 21

2 hurt in grenade attacks on Samar mayor’s homes

Jan 31, 2017 - 3:08 PM

Two homes and a warehouse – all belonging to San Jorge town Mayor Joseph Grey – are attacked

ATTACKS. San Jorge Mayor Joseph Grey talks to authorities over the phone shortly after the attack on his homes and warehouse on January 31, 2017. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Samar officials express concern over killings of barangay execs

Jan 29, 2017 - 2:19 PM

We are very much concerned about these killings and they seem to be increasing again as the barangay election approaches says Calbayog City Mayor Ronaldo Aquino

#NinaPH: Line of vehicles at Matnog Port reaches 4 kms due to ferry cancellations

Dec 24, 2016 - 10:58 AM

Around 3 682 passengers are stranded in various ports in Bicol region as of 8AM Saturday according to the Philippine Coast Guard

LONG WAIT. Around 500 buses and trucks have been stuck in Matnog Port since Friday, December 23, due to ferry cancellations caused by Typhoon Nina. Photos by Jhay-r Timosa/ RACER/ Rappler

Michael Dino: President Duterte’s man in the Visayas

Sep 17, 2016 - 4:50 PM

The first time public servant says I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t believe this administration is our best chance at changing the country

Dela Rosa to E. Visayas top cop: Dismantle armed groups or face relief

Sep 14, 2016 - 8:30 AM

According to Calbayog Police in Samar 6 barangay officials and Liberal Party leaders were shot to death last week by members of private armed groups

MESSAGE TO COPS. PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa visits the PNP Regional office in Camp Ruperto Kangleon, Palo, Leyte. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Samar Rep seeks PNP chief's help with private armed groups

Sep 13, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Samar 1st District Representative Edgar Mary Sarmiento seeks an impartial probe into the killings in his province In just a week 6 barangay officials and Calbayog City leaders – all Liberal Party members – were allegedly killed by private armed groups

EDGAR MARY S. SARMIENTO. Image from House of Representative website

DENR to suspend 2 mining companies in Eastern Samar

Aug 11, 2016 - 3:01 PM

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says even with the ongoing audit she has not yet seen a model of responsible mining

FACT CHECK: One judge in Duterte list already dead for 8 years

Aug 07, 2016 - 5:31 PM

UPDATED Rappler is crowdsourcing information on the 158 government officials listed as allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade How accurate is this list?

NDRRMC to LGUs: Don't take low pressure area lightly

Jun 25, 2016 - 7:45 PM

A low pressure area LPA east of Surigao City might bring floods and landslides to parts of the country

Policemen injured in Calbayog encounter

Jun 19, 2016 - 4:45 PM

Two police officers are injured in an encounter with a private armed group in a remote and mountainous area of Calbayog City

Fatalities in Samar due to diarrhea outbreak rise to 33

Jun 11, 2016 - 9:15 PM

A diarrhea outbreak has been declared in 3 areas in the province while cases are being closely monitored in 5 other towns

Who's the real congressman of Northern Samar?

May 31, 2016 - 7:52 PM

Harlin Abayon has protested Congress failure to include his name in the roll call during the official canvassing of votes Here s the reason for the mixup

REINSTALLMENT. Northern Samar Representative Harlin Abayon was recently ousted based on the House Electoral Tribunal's decision but the Supreme Court rules he is the duly-elected Representative of Northern Samar

Despite huge margin, Duterte sweeps only 3 regions

May 11, 2016 - 11:35 PM

Administration bet Mar Roxas gets the solid vote of two regions: his own Western Visayas and the Negros Island Region whose creation he supported

Negros Occidental polls delayed by 'ballot switching'

May 09, 2016 - 11:47 PM

Incidents of wrongly delivered ballots cause delays in certain towns and cities in Negros Occidental

Image by Nico Villarete / Rappler

VLOG: Signs of vote buying in Samar

May 09, 2016 - 9:38 PM

Derek Alviola reports on the vote buying cases in Samar a known election hotspot on election day

Image by Nico Villarete / Rappler

Samar voters: 'Votes can be bought here'

May 09, 2016 - 3:25 AM

Several residents admit vote buying persists in their hometowns primarily due to poverty

Photo by Dionard Mendova

VLOG: Who will win in Catbalogan, Samar?

May 08, 2016 - 6:53 PM

This is the second time that the Liberal Party will attempt to unseat the Tans of Samar in favor of political newbies

Eastern Samar all set for May 9 - provincial Comelec

May 07, 2016 - 11:46 AM

But 7 towns are under the Comelec s watch list due to past incidents of election related violence

VLOG: Rivals turn allies in Eastern Samar

May 07, 2016 - 6:00 AM

This is the very first time that a sitting governor and an incumbent congressman are running together in the same party

Eastern Visayas youth lead campaign for Miriam Santiago

May 07, 2016 - 12:28 AM

Our purpose is to show the Filipino people that Miriam is the true candidate that can make our country progress says Youth for Miriam Head Jonas Lavarrete

STILL FIGHTING. Youth from Eastern Visayas gather for the Walk for Miriam Campaign conducted in Tacloban City on Thursday, May 5. Photo by Chris Billes/ Rappler

Borongan City mayor: 'We are not traitors'

May 06, 2016 - 9:02 PM

Mayor Maria Fe Abunda denies endorsing Senator Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos adding the city is solid in its support for the Liberal Party bets

Samar lawmaker, 5 others accused of 2011 slay of Calbayog mayor

May 03, 2016 - 8:30 AM

The eldest daughter of slain Calbayog City Mayor Reynaldo Uy has filed a complaint before the justice department

Roxas vows creation of Samar Island Region

Apr 27, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Administration standard bearer Manuel Mar Roxas II says creating the new region would held focus development efforts on one of the poorest islands in the country

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

As election violence in Samar escalates, governor seeks DILG help

Apr 26, 2016 - 7:48 PM

Local officials say DILG Secretary Mel Sarmiento has taken for granted the province s unstable situation during the election period

ERVIs. Samar has consistently been listed as one of the country's election hotspots.

Imelda in E.Visayas: Bring back a Marcos to national government

Apr 26, 2016 - 11:53 AM

Former first lady Imelda Marcos says her son vice presidential candidate Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr will be the voice of the long abandoned region in the national government

WARAYNONS. The Marcoses and the Romualdezes join forces in a campaign rally held Monday night in Balyuan, Tacloban City. Photo by Jene Anne Pangue/

Disaster-resilient evacuation center rises in Guiuan, E. Samar

Apr 26, 2016 - 9:59 AM

The community evacuation center is the first in a network of similar disaster resilient facilities in Eastern Samar

Image courtesy UNICEF / IOM

In Bulacan LP sortie, Balay and Samar 'collide'

Feb 25, 2016 - 1:55 PM

The presence of Cabinet chiefs in LP political rallies is nothing new But Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr is not associated with the pro Roxas Balay group

BULACAN SORTIE.President Benigno S. Aquino III, Liberal Party chairman, addresses local leaders at the Bulacan Sports Complex in Malolos City, Bulacan on February 23, 2016. Photo by Benhur Arcayan/ Malacañang Photo Bureau

Eastern Visayas officials penalized for fake receipts, bid documents

Feb 15, 2016 - 3:38 PM

One is found selling fake attendance certificates at the Philippine Councilors League meeting 6 have authorized the purchase of a truck without bidding

'No to vote-buying in Samar' – watchdog

Feb 07, 2016 - 10:20 PM

SamarVote 4Change fears that rampant vote buying would persist in the province

Young farmers in Yolanda-hit region promote resilient agriculture

Jan 28, 2016 - 6:12 PM

Young survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda are some of the voices calling for resilient agriculture to address the threats of climate change to agriculture

Ex-Eastern Samar lawmaker faces criminal charges over PDAF scam

Jan 13, 2016 - 1:18 PM

Others included in the charge sheet are 4 Nabcor officials and 2 GabayMasa officials

'Mourning for peace' in Samar as election-related violence continues

Dec 31, 2015 - 8:49 AM

The latest incident happens just two days after the country s top cop ordered the Samar police to stamp out private armed groups maintained by local politicians

WOUNDED. Jojo Taduyo gets medical treatment after being shot by an unidentified gunman on December 30, 2015. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

What are naked men doing around Jose Rizal's bust?

Dec 30, 2015 - 11:35 PM

It is perhaps the most curious sculpture of Dr Jose Rizal done by the late Miguel Alcazar but the residents of Catbalogan Samar consider it a treasure

HISTORICAL TREASURE. Jose Rizal's bust, sitting on 3 naked men, by the late Miguel Alcazar, stands across the Catbalogan city hall in Samar. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

NPA's ambush on relief convoy 'disrespect' to typhoon victims

Dec 23, 2015 - 10:28 AM

UPDATED Despite this the military says it will strictly observe the holiday ceasefire declared by the Aquino administration